THURSDAY, MAY 2
$18 members + students
Ticket price includes a post-screening reception
at SAM'S AT LOUIS.
Still from BYE BYE BLONDIE by Virginie Despentes
France, 2011, 87 min., French with English subtitles
BYE BYE BLONDIE
Twelve years after her explosive debut, Baise-moi, Virginie Despentes is back with the decidedly lighter tale of two middle-aged women struggling to rekindle their teenaged romance after three decades. Forty-year-old Gloria (Béatrice Dalle) is still a volatile, art-punk drifter in the northeastern city of Nancy. Frances (Emmanuelle Béart) has settled into a comfortably bourgeois life of marriage—to a gay man—and a career in television. With trouble brewing at work and a husband struggling with writer’s block, Frances impetuously summons Gloria to stay with her in Paris, searching for the magic she felt as a rebellious, love-struck teenager.
The poignant intensity of youth and middle-aged nostalgia alternate in scenes from Gloria and Frances’ love affair in the early 1980s and the present. With passionate performances by Soko and Clara Ponsot—who play the young Gloria and Frances—a Lydia Lunch cameo and a kickass soundtrack featuring Siouxsie and the Banshees and Bérurier Noir, this is a film for anybody who has ever wondered about the possibility, or wisdom, of trying to recapture their first love.
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